Ozymandias (Marvel Comics)

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Ozymandias drawn by Joe Madureira.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Uncanny X-Men #332 (1996)
Created by Scott Lobdell
Joe Madureira
In-story information
Alter ego Ozymandias
Team affiliations Clan Akkaba
Abilities Psychic powers
Superhuman durability

Ozymandias is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in 1996 in Uncanny X-Men #332, and was created by writer Scott Lobdell and artist Joe Madureira.

Fictional character biography

Ozymandias was once a warlord in Ancient Egypt. He kept plotting against Rama-Tut, who dispossessed him of his royal right to be pharaoh. In a moment of turmoil, he entered the Sphinx, which was actually Tut's time traveling ship, and seized the opportunity to unlock its secrets to dominate the nation. However, an explosion transformed him into his current state, and Apocalypse turned him into his eternal slave, oracle, and scribe. Ozymandias would for centuries remain behind the scenes and chronicle his master's journeys and battles, including other future events.[volume & issue needed]

The relationship between Apocalypse and Ozymandias was always reluctant, with Ozymandias prone to try deceptions against Apocalypse. His plan almost succeeded when Apocalypse, willing to reform his Four Horsemen, pitted Gazer against an archaeologist for the right of being the Horseman of War. Ozymandias saved his life in exchange for his loyalty, but a brainwashed Gazer sided with Apocalypse, forcing him to flee.[volume & issue needed] Ozymandias managed to avoid the wrath of Apocalypse, who had vanished with the Celestials.[volume & issue needed]

Ozymandias returned to the Clan Akkaba, a clan of superpowered descendants of the supervillain, and posing as Apocalypse himself gave Chamber possibly omega-level powers similar to his ancestor's. He is confident that he can force Apocalypse into resurfacing.[volume & issue needed]

In "The Apocalypse Solution", Ozymandias, using the Clan Akkaba, resurrects En Sabah Nur in the form of an innocent child, who begins his indoctrination by Ozymandias and the Clan.[volume & issue needed]

Powers and abilities

The extent of Ozymandias' powers are largely unrevealed. He possesses minor precognitive powers, and has on occasions demonstrated the ability to telekinetically animate stone. His precognition and ability to animate stone are usually channeled via stone statues and sculptures of his own creation. His body is made of living stone, granting him superhuman durability and longevity. Ozymandias also appears to be virtually unkillable; he was once completely destroyed, but commented that Apocalypse would simply rebuild him.

Other versions

In the "Age of Apocalypse" storyline, Ozymandias' place was taken by Storm, who was renamed as Orordius after she had been enslaved and transformed into a blind seer made of living stone, by her former teammate Weapon X, who had offered himself to the Celestials to prevent the planet's judgment and was further augmented by the Celestial technology.[volume & issue needed]